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Critical List: It’s been really, really warm; polar bears have a weird disease

A look at the news of the day.

Climate Change

Climate change could give you rabies

If rabid environmental activists don’t get their way, the rest of us might end up rabid too. This year’s drought is leading to a huge jump in rabies rates in stricken states, and climate change will only make it worse.

Scary Food

Oh my god, hot-dog-stuffed-crust pizza, humans are no longer authorized to make food

What is wrong with all of you?

Animals

Here’s a seal helping a stranded turtle get in the water, you’re welcome

       

Living

New film about fracking stars Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and maybe you

Ryan Gosling may have saved a woman from a speeding car, but some of our other favorite stars are doing the next best thing: starring in an anti-fracking movie. Gus Van Sant is directing, and the cast includes Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, probably Hal Holbrook — and, if you can get to Pittsburgh this weekend, maybe you.

Politics

Congressman brags about forcing vegetarians to ‘confess’

Has Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) ever met a vegetarian? They're not exactly secretive about it. It's like forcing people to "confess" that they're on the paleo diet. Spoiler alert: THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW.

Cities

Presenting the largest rooftop farm … in the world!!!

In Brooklyn yesterday, BrightFarms announced that it would be building the largest rooftop farm … in the world!!! The New York-based company builds hydroponic greenhouse farms that are connected to supermarkets. The idea is to minimize transportation costs and time in the food system, delivering very local and very fresh food. The new farm is going on 100,000 square feet of rooftop in Sunset Park. It will grow up to 1 million pounds of veggies like tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs each year, with the first harvest planned for next spring. The system also will capture storm water, diverting it from New …

Critical List: The return of the loan-guarantee program; Texas least prepared for climate change

The Energy Department is reviving its loan program. (AAAH! SOLYNDRA! AAAAAAAH!…say Republicans. We’re pretty sure this will all work out fine.) Environmental groups want final rules governing coal ash and are suing the EPA to get them. Texas: not very prepared for climate change. California: doing better than everyone else, at least. In China, drought means that 7.8 million people and almost 10 million acres of farmland lack adequate drinking water.

How the new NYC taxi is bike-friendly

New York City's new taxis have sliding doors, so that there's no danger that a tourist from the flyover zone will thoughtlessly door a passing cyclist when he or she hops out.

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